Gut Check: Making simple sense out of life
By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: January 9th, 2013
Congress less popular than lice

That’s according to a new poll just released by the Public Policy Polling Institute, which claims that the U.S. Congress, according to the survey, had a 9% favorability rating with 85% of voters viewing it in a negative light.

But what does that mean, the Institute wanted to know? Using a different tactic to measure popularity, it listed 26 unpleasant things and asked people to compare Congress to them. Here are some of those comparisons, with the percentages representing favorability–the  higher, the more favorable:

1) Lice 67 Congress 19

2) Brussel sprouts 69 Congress 23

3) NFL Replacement Refs 56 Congressmen 29 (the breakdown among Packers fans might be a little bit different).

4) Colonoscopies 58 Congress 31

5) Root Canals 56 Congress 32

6) Traffic Jams 56 Congress 34

Congress was in a dead heat with Donald Trump, Lindsay Lohan and telemarketers.

Public Policy Institute of California is an independent, nonpartisannon-profit research institution. Based in San FranciscoCalifornia. PPP surveyed 830 American voters from January 3rd to 6th. To read more, click here.

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